PAFC Congo Basin: Auditor chain of custody training (in English)


Auditors willing to be active in the Congo Basin are invited to join the PEFC recognized chain of custody initial training on 12 – 13 June 2023.

Find information on the PAFC website

Attending a PEFC recognized chain of custody initial training is a pre-requisite for an auditor wishing to issue certification against the 2020 PEFC chain of custody related standards, as required by PEFC ST 2003. The 2020 PEFC chain of custody standard is part of the PAFC Congo Basin certification scheme.

Issuing certification against the 2020 standards is only possible after the completion of either initial or refresher training and once you are accredited against the 2020 versions of the standards.

To register for this training, please fill out the following form before the 7th of June 2023:

The meeting is open to representatives of companies wishing to participate in the training. They would attend both training sessions as observers but will not be qualified to conduct audits.


The details

The training takes place 9:00-18:00 (UTC +2) on 12 – 13 June 2023 using Zoom.

The training will provide an introduction to the revised 2020 PEFC Chain of Custody standard, focusing on the changes to the input-output process, the PEFC Due Diligence System (DDS), the chain of custody methods and multi-site certification. It will also cover changes to the 2020 PEFC Trademarks and 2020 Certification Body Requirements standards.

The training will be given by PEFC International Technical Expert Linda Matole in English.


PEFC chain of custody initial training – Agenda
Before the training, participants are expected to read the PEFC chain of custody standard and the summary of changes. Registered participants will also be provided with case studies before the training and will need to provide their answers to the technical expert.


Registration and training fees
For auditors and observers, registration is mandatory. Please fill out before the 7th of June 2023 the following form. (

For auditors only, PEFC, via PAFC Gabon will charge 100 EUR. After your registration, we will send you the bank details to proceed with the payment. Note that your registration will be complete after the payment.


Knowledge test
Following the training, auditors only will have three weeks to complete the online knowledge test. Auditors that pass this test will receive a PEFC recognised chain of custody training certificate within two weeks. Successful auditors will also be added to the PEFC register of trained auditors.

What’s next?
A training on the chain of custody in French will be announced very soon. This training will be only for companies and will not deliver an auditor qualification. During this training, organised in partnership with PEFC France, participants will be trained the PEFC chain of custody standard, as part of the PAFC Congo Basin certification scheme.

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